Winter Fishing on the Chesapeake – Virginia

As the season wound down, I joined my friend on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to fly fish and jig for striped bass in early December. We fished two days, finding the shallow creeks of the Eastern Shore barren, but finding structure in 40-60 feet of water full of fish.  Saturday saw us in fish…

Chesapeake Stripers – Middle Bay

I went out a few times in early November on the Patuxent River hunting stripers.  Fishing (both shallow spots in the river’s creeks and in deep water) was poor – small pods of fish moving through and very hard to target with jigs in the deep, and the creeks were largely barren.  Why?  A rapid…

Fishing Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay

I hadn’t fished my home waters since early June, and with the weather looking favorable, I, my dad, and his friend headed out of Solomons MD to hunt for fall striped bass. Maryland and Virginia have had the most rain in recorded history this year, and it showed.  The shallow waters of the Patuxent River…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – June

After more than half a year, I joined my friend down on the ESVA, with fingers crossed for cobia and big houndfish on fly.  As usual, things did not work out exactly as hoped, but plenty of fun was had. Day 1 saw light morning winds and an outgoing tide at the creek we were…

Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake – Early June

After the successes of May, I honestly expected the fishing to stay solid through the end of June.  Looks like I was wrong. I spent last Wednesday and Thursday fishing the middle Chesapeake, ranging from Sharps Island Light to the mouth of the Honga River.  My friend and I fished back in amongst the islands…

Fly Fishing Chesapeake Bay – May

I’ve managed to get out four times in May to fish on the Chesapeake.  Two of those trips were abbreviated:  Doing a sea test after boat repairs and fishing for an hour or two (and did very well), and later taking the family out to see the birds on Barren Island while wetting a line…

Fly Fishing Lake Lanier for Striped and Spotted Bass

At the beginning of April, I was able to spend a few days on Lake Lanier fly fishing for striped bass and spotted bass.  The lake is famous for its fresh water striped bass fishery, popularized by guide Henry Cowen.  While Cowen is usually booked for most of the spring each year, he was kind…

Winter Fly Fishing on the Neuse River

With a coworker and a new fishing bud, I headed down to New Bern, NC with visions of speckled seatrout, striped bass, red drum, chain pickerel, and largemouth in my head.  All things considered, we did alright. We left DC at 7PM on a Friday, and arrived at our AirBNB by 2AM.  Along the way,…

Fly Fishing the Gunpowder and the (Tidal) Patuxent River

November is my favorite month in Maryland for fishing.  The weather is often perfect, and the fish are feeding actively, gearing up for the metabolic pause of winter. Over the last two weekends, I fished two very different places, each in its own late-fall pattern. In the middle of November, I did a solo afternoon…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia

Over the last week, I’ve fished the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay three times:  Out of Machipongo, Virginia, out of Crisfield, Maryland, and out of Solomons, Maryland. Out of Machipongo, I and a friend hoped to target speckled trout and red drum, but with strong southerly winds, we struggled to catch anything other than…

Fishing out of Solomons and Kent Island

The last two weekends I fished out of Solomons, MD, hunting for all the great early fall fishing that comes this time of year. The first weekend I fished the Honga River with a crew of three.  With strong winds out of the north, we headed across the bay from Solomons, entering the Honga north…